3 wily veterans who could be short-term solutions at the backend of the Reds rotation

Rather than a frontline starter, will the Reds look to add depth to the backend of the rotation?

Boston Red Sox pitcher Corey Kluber
Boston Red Sox pitcher Corey Kluber / David Berding/GettyImages
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2. The Reds could sign veteran RHP Corey Kluber

The Cincinnati Reds fanbase is very familiar with Corey Kluber. For years, the right-hander would haunt the dreams of the Reds Country during the Ohio Cup. For a stretch, Kluber could stake the claim of being one of the best pitchers in the game.

But those days are long gone, and Kluber hardly has the presence of an ace. However, the right-hander isn't washed up. Kluber spent the past three seasons bouncing around the AL East with stints in New York, Tampa Bay, and Boston.

Kluber had a tremendous season for the Rays in 2022, but came back down to earth last season while pitching for the Red Sox. Kluber had a mix of starts and relief appearances and ended his 2023 campaign with a ghastly 7.04 ERA.

Kluber was shelved with a shoulder issue to end his 2023 season and the Red Sox declined Kluber's $11-million team-option for the 2024 season. A three-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award-winner, Kluber has the accolades, but most of those came years ago while pitching for Cleveland.

But, just like the aforementioned Johnny Cueto, Corey Kluber could provide great veteran leadership and a reliable arm at the backend of the Cincinnati Reds rotation. Kluber is still able to get those swings and misses depsite his fastball now sitting in the high-80s.